Jacoba Francisca Maria "Cobie" Smulders (born April 3, 1982) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Robin Scherbatsky on the television series How I Met Your Mother (2005–14) and Maria Hill in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Smulders was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to a Dutch father and an English mother. She was named after her great-aunt, from whom she gained the nickname "Cobie". From her schooling and experiences (see following), Smulders describes herself as "a fluent listener" of French.
Smulders' first acting role was as a guest in the Showtime science fiction series Jeremiah, and she has appeared in several television series since, including a recurring role on The L Word. Her first permanent series role was in the short-lived ABC series Veritas: The Quest, which ran for one season. After the cancellation of Veritas, Smulders was cast as television reporter Robin Scherbatsky on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother in 2005, remaining on the show for its entire nine-season run...
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